Welcome to Aizawa Hospital

Aizawa Hospital is a not-for-profit acute care hospital which has been providing safe and effective medical services for over 100 years. We currently manage 460 inpatient beds and work with specialists providing medical services in over 30 medical fields. Aizawa Hospital provides care to patients with variety of diseases and injuries taking advantage of the latest medical technologies and the evidence-based medicine (EBM). We do not only treat diseases or injuries, but also we provide care with respect for each patient as individual human being. There are well-trained and friendly specialists to offer services to suit your needs.

Director's Message


Director of Aizawa Hospital
Katsunori Tauchi, M.D.

Since the day I became a physician, I have always cherished the spirit "For the patient". I have been trying to be a physician who sincerely gives one's attention to the patient and constantly seeks for what one can do or what one should do for the patient.
I desire to share this spirit with all the staffs and keep it in mind of all of us. Based on the spirit of "For the patient", we are working on improvement of patient safety and quality of care, and creating a system to constantly provide high quality care, which I believe, will make Aizawa Hospital more reliable.
I, as a director, will always make my greatest effort aiming for a "better hospital" for this region and all the patients.

Our Mission

  • Aizawa Hospital is committed to cultivate staffs' skills and provide patient-centered, appropriate and safe medical care.
  • Aizawa Hospital develops and enhances the safe process of caring emergency patients starting from initial contact at ER.
  • Aizawa Hospital, as a core acute care hospital, enhances its features and clarifies the distribution of roles between local hospitals and acute care hospitals to promote collaboration systems with neighboring medical facilities.
  • Aizawa Hospital promotes efficient and collaborative multi-disciplinary care team taking advantage of staffs' expertise.
  • Aizawa Hospital starts rehabilitation and discharge support in early phase of hospitalization to improve patients' and their family's QOL.
  • Aizawa Hospital evaluates its medical services and management system for continuous quality improvement.

History

1908
Aizawa Hospital was first established as a small private clinic, Aizawa Clinic in Matsumoto City.
1951
Aizawa Clinic was recognized as an incorporated foundation, JISENKAI Healthcare Incorporated Foundation.
1952
JISENKAI established Aizawa Hospital with 25 beds, and Aziawa Central Hospital was opened with 123 beds in 1968 in current location.
1975
Aizawa Hospital and Aizawa Central Hospital was integrated into one hospital as Aizawa Hospital with 303 beds.
2005
Emergency and Critical Care Center opened.
2007
Aizawa Comprehensive Cancer Center was established.
2013
Aizawa Hospital became the 6th hospital to be accredited by the Joint Commission International in Japan.
2014
Aizawa Proton Therapy Center opened. 

Medical Technology

Diagnostic Equipment

MRI

There are two MRI scanners at Aizawa Hospital. MRI is an equipment to examine the suspicious lesion from every direction, for example, vertically, horizontally and diagonally, using strong magnetic field. MRI is the most suitable for imaging of cerebral blood vessels. It can provide clear images without contrast agents. MRI does not use radiation either, therefore there is no need to worry about radiation exposure.

MRI

CT

We have a 320-slice CT scanner and two 64-slice CT scanners. CT is equipment to produce cross-sectional images of the body using X ray. 320-slice CT scanner has the newest technology, Area Detector Technology, which enables to scan the whole blood vessels of the moving heart in a split second with radiation exposure reduced by 75% at the maximum. By taking advantage of one of the CT's characteristics which enables producing serial images in a short period of time, CT can provide chronological three dimensional images similar to cerebral angiograms. Therefore, CT is perfect for a diagnosis of cerebrovascular diseases or circulatory system conditions.

CT

PET

We have two PET-CT scanners. While conventional diagnostic equipment such as CT and MRI detects tumors by the change of morphology, PET-CT visualize the active state of the cells to detect small cancer cells with the size of about 1 cm. PET-CT scan requires administration of radioactive agent, however, radiation exposure is about the same amount as a barium examination of the stomach. Radioactive substances are reduced by half after 2 hours from administration, and also excreted in the urine. On the next day, almost none remain in the body.

Angiography equipment

Angiography equipment is equipment to provide images of selected blood vessels by inserting a catheter and injecting contrast agents. In addition, this equipment is also used to widen cardiac blood vessels narrowed with blood clots, close off the blood vessels to stop bleeding in the stomach, and perform intravascular treatment such as treatment for cerebral aneurysm or cerebrovascular anomaly. Our angiography equipment can perform rotational angiography, which produces 3D images and cross-sectional images as CT scan.

Angiography equipment

Radiotherapy Machine

Proton Therapy

Proton therapy is a type of radiotherapy, which reduces radiation dose to healthy tissue and more effectively radiates the tumor compared to the conventional radiation therapy which uses x-rays. Therefore, proton therapy is known as radiotherapy for cancer which is less harmful to the body. Please go to “Proton Therapy page” for more information.

Gamma knife

Gamma knife is radiotherapy equipment which radiates a lesion in the brain from every direction with high precision using high-dose gamma ray. Gamma knife enables treating abnormalities inside the brain or functional brain disorder without a surgical procedure. Since Gamma knife is designed for noninvasive treatment, precision of pinpoint radiation, high efficiency and great treatment effect can be expected.

TomoTherapy

TomoTherapy is equipment combines intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) to irradiate only the appropriate site with the appropriate radiation dose.

Treatment Units

Endoscopy Rooms

There are 6 Endoscopy Rooms in Aizawa Hospital. We perform upper/lower gastrointestinal endoscopy to over 50 patients a day. Endoscopic treatments such as polypectomy are also performed.

Endoscopy Rooms

Dialysis Center

There are 72 dialysis machines in the Dialysis Center. We perform 2 courses of dialysis treatment a day. Since dialysis takes hours, we pay much attention to keep the environment comfortable for patients.

Dialysis Center

Operating Theaters

There are 8 Operating Theaters in Aizawa Hospital. We have established a management system, which includes staffing of anesthesiologists, to provide surgeries (scheduled / emergency surgery) for various injuries and diseases 24 hours a day. Meanwhile, we are dedicated to safety management and preventing complications such as surgical site infections.

Operating Theaters

Chemotherapy Rooms

There are 24 Chemotherapy rooms (booths) in the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Patients can receive chemotherapy on the bed or reclining chair depending on their condition.

Chemotherapy Rooms

Features

Cancer Care

Recent studies show that one out of two Japanese people develop a cancer, and cancer has become the number one cause of death in Japan. Accordingly, to meet increasing cancer care needs, Aizawa Hospital is putting great effort into cancer care. In 2007, we established Aizawa Comprehensive Cancer Center and organized a system to propose and provide the most suitable cancer care for each patient’s needs, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgical therapy and palliative care. Aizawa Hospital has been designated as a Cancer care district liaison hospital by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare since 2008.

Cancer Care

Emergency and Acute Care

Aizawa Hospital has established the Emergency and Critical Care Center in 2002 to accept patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We improve staffing of emergency physicians and nurses at the Center to provide care for various types of diseases or injuries. Over 45,000 patients receive medical care at our Center every year.

Emergency and Acute Care

Quality

We consider the patient safety and the quality improvement as one of the top priority of Aizawa Hospital. In 1999, Aizawa hospital was accredited by the Japan Council for Quality Health Care (JCQHC) and has maintained the status since then. In 2013, Aizawa hospital was accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and has been working on to improve patient safety and quality of care for our patients. Aizawa Hospital is the world’s first JCI accredited hospital that provides proton therapy.

Joint Commission International (JCI

Back to Everyday Life

We provide early rehabilitation services along with acute treatments to enhance patients' functional recovery and to help patients go back to their everyday life as soon as possible.

Back to Everyday Life

General Outpatient Reception
Mon-Fri8:00AM-11:30AM
1:30PM-3:30PM
Emergency Center Reception
24hours/day, 7days/week